Exercise Physiologists (EPs) and Physiotherapists are both health professionals that you can
trust as they hold the knowledge, qualifications, and skills to best care for you and your
body. Both EPs & physios are university trained Allied Health professionals, completing at
least 4 years of study and both need to hold accreditation or registration with their
respective professional bodies who ensure they meet ongoing professional standards.
It is worthwhile knowing and understanding the individual roles each profession has, as this
can benefit you when choosing what is best for your health and wellbeing.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) specialise in evidence based clinical exercise
interventions for people with a broad range of health issues. Those people may be at risk of
developing, or have existing, medical conditions and injuries. Areas covered by the services
of AEPs include cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney,
respiratory / pulmonary and mental health, and any other conditions for which there is
evidence that exercise can improve the client’s clinical status. The aims of exercise
physiology interventions are to prevent or manage acute, sub- acute or chronic disease or
injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health, or wellness. These
interventions are exercise-based and include health and physical activity education, advice
and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.
Physiotherapists aim to prevent and assist with recovery from injury, reducing pain and
stiffness, increasing mobility, and preventing further injury. They are educated to assess
your condition, diagnose the problem, help you understand what’s wrong and implement a
treatment plan. They use various methods, such as acupuncture, dry needling, massage,
joint mobilisation, neural mobilisation, manipulation, biomechanical analysis, orthotic
prescription, stretching, and exercise. There are various specialities within the
physiotherapy field such as musculoskeletal, neurological, men’s/women’s health,
respiratory, post-surgical, orthopaedic, paediatric, and cardiac to name a few.
Here at Hastings Physio and Health we offer both exercise physiology and physiotherapy
services. If you are still not sure which one is right for you then give us a call and we can
help you decide!